There is an inherent prejudice in literary culture against the story as a lesser art form than the novel.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is undoubtedly a classic of American literature, but too often literary scholarship tries to defend every aspect of a masterpiece as a successful aesthetic decision of the author.
The ability to appreciate the comedic aspects of any great novel can expose new dimensions of a book’s complexities.
Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is one of the few recent novels that has achieved commercial as well as critical success.
I’ve accumulated a pretty impressive list of books that I’ve stopped reading. In fact, my growing catalog rivals many lists of the greatest novels ever written.